Ellington moved out of his parents' home and bought his own as he became a successful pianist. At first, he. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the Vinyl release of "The Early Duke Ellington" on Discogs. Duke Ellington, American pianist who was the greatest jazz composer and bandleader of his time. One of the originators of big-band jazz, Ellington led his. Duke Ellington and his Orchestra - Early Ellington ( - ) - Music. An originator of big-band jazz, Duke Ellington was an American composer, pianist and bandleader who composed thousands of scores over his year career. While Edward Kennedy Ellington was given the nickname of "Duke" early in life due to his suave nature and classy manners, he was also called. Making his name as a piano player in Washington, Ellington started to compose his own music. In he moved to New York, and the following. Top Songs · Take The "A" Train (feat. Duke Ellington and His Orchestra) · Ella Fitzgerald Sings: The Duke Ellington Songbook (Expanded Edition) · VOICE ONE: That was Duke Ellington's orchestra playing "Take the 'A' Train. " Just the first few notes of that song are enough to tell any music. Johnson's "Carolina Shout" from a piano roll. Soon he was part of a small jazz band in Washington. In he moved to New York and early in he became the.